- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has lost ground to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and trails two of her GOP rivals in head-to-head match-ups.

Mrs. Clinton was still the first choice of 49 percent of Democratic primary voters in a new Fox News poll, followed by Mr. Sanders at 30 percent and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. at 10 percent.

In a survey taken in late July/early August, Mrs. Clinton’s 19-point lead had been at 29 points and she led Mr. Sanders 51 percent to 22 percent, followed by Mr. Biden at 13 percent.

In a survey taken in June, she was leading Mr. Sanders by 46 points, 61 percent to 15 percent, with Mr. Biden at 11 percent.

Mrs. Clinton trailed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 2 points in a potential head-to-head match-up, 44 percent to 42 percent, and she trailed Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida by 2 points as well, 46 percent to 44 percent.

Mrs. Clinton did lead former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina by 7 points, 47 percent to 40 percent.

She also led businessman Donald Trump by 5 points, 47 percent to 42 percent, but she had led Mr. Trump by 17 points, 51 percent to 34 percent, in a poll taken in June.

About six in 10 voters said Mrs. Clinton knowingly lied when she had said no classified information was sent or received on her private e-mail server, which her team has recently clarified to mean no material that was officially marked as classified at the time.

Thirty-three percent said there’s another explanation, while 2 percent said she told the truth.

Fifty-four percent said they think Mrs. Clinton put the country’s national security at risk by mishandling classified emails as secretary of state, compared to 37 percent who said she did not.

The survey of 1,008 registered voters was taken Aug. 11-13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, with a margin of error of about plus or minus 4.5 percent for the smaller subgroup of Democratic voters.

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